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Report: Facebook pulls out of talks to stream NFL games


Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to press and advertising partners at an announcement in New York earlier this week. Inset: Facebook CFO Gideon Yu.


The NFL wants to find an online partner to stream Thursday night and Sunday morning games this season, but that partner will not be Facebook.

According to Bloomberg, Facebook has withdrawn from the bidding to stream Thursday night games. The NFL and Facebook reportedly didn’t see eye-to-eye on advertising, with Facebook wanting to run ad-free video and the NFL wanting revenue from ads.

The league has already agreed to deals with CBS and NBC to air Thursday night games in conjunction with NFL Network, but the league would also like to have an online streaming partner. The league is also looking to stream Sunday morning games from London.

Amazon and Verizon are reportedly still in talks with the NFL to stream games this season.